Tag Archives: Reading

United Through Reading offer free books and mobile app for Veterans, military – VAntage Point

United Through Reading offers free resources and audio recording to Veteran and military families. Reading together helps connect families.

“I was very excited to be reading to my twin grandkids for their first United Through Reading recorded stories,” said Air Force Veteran Denise M. Jelinski-Hall. “In my heart, I knew they would love the time with grandma reading some of what would become their favorite stories. I also felt like I was making a difference for them during the times of our separation.”

Source: United Through Reading offer free books and mobile app for Veterans, military – VAntage Point

Book Review: The Rise of the Smynians

https://www.blackrosewriting.com/scififantasy/riseofthesmyrnians

Cover image, from publisher site.
Cover image, from publisher site.

 

This was a free ebook I received via LibraryThing’s early reviewers’ program.

This book is in the genre of Christian fiction, apocalyptic tales, and seems to be part of a series of planned books. You can see more about the book at the link above.

It was difficult reading the book for me, and I found the writing style is difficult to follow, and the characters and story seemed similar to other books about the coming end of days, apocalypses, etc. I didn’t finish all the book, but you may find it of interest.

Rating: May be of interest to readers of Christian fiction.

How to find great books online – The Verge

Find fantastic fiction for your phone or tablet…

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley Webcast | Library of Congress

Below is a link to the video, or use the source link to view…

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TITLE: Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley

SPEAKER: Charlotte Gordon, Michael Dirda
EVENT DATE: 2018/10/25
RUNNING TIME: 73 minutes
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DESCRIPTION:

Award-winning author Charlotte Gordon discussed her biography of Mary Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, entitled “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.” She then has a conversation with Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda. Gordon recently authored the introduction to the anniversary re-issue of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

Source: Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley Webcast | Library of Congress

NEA – Read Across America

Open Your Books! NEA Celebrates Read Across America Day

“Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers” on March 1

WASHINGTON – February 26, 2019 –

“Meet Lilly Ann Granderson, a woman born into slavery who secretly teaches hundreds of other enslaved people to read. Or Julián, a young boy who dresses himself as a mermaid, using his Abuela’s curtain and potted fern. Both individuals are found in educator-recommended children’s books that reflect the diversity of today’s students and readers and are among the 36 books featured in this year’s Read Across America program.”

Source: NEA – Read Across America

How Living In A Library Gave One Man ‘The Thirst Of Learning’ : NPR

Source: How Living In A Library Gave One Man ‘The Thirst Of Learning’ : NPR

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

Twenty-five years ago, Sven Birkerts published “The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.” Have his fears and projections come to pass?

Source: Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

The Endurance of ‘A Christmas Carol’

ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN LEECH. PUBLIC DOMAIN.

“Four years later, Dickens had written something that possessed still more “astonishing capabilities.” A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas was first published just before Christmas in 1843, and since then it has never been out of print. Originally written as a tract for the times, this cautionary tale about the ongoing tussle between greed and goodness has been thought of as timely whenever it has been read. Enjoyed by its first readers as a modern expression of the spirit of Christmas—as modern as Christmas cards, which were sent for the first time in the same year as the Carol’s publication—it has since become popular for quite different reasons: the sense of tradition it is thought to embody, a reminder of the simple pleasures that seem to have been lost sight of in the seasonal scrum of shoppers, an annual invitation to the pleasures of nostalgia.”

Source: The Endurance of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers – Atlas Obscura

Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.

Source: Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers – Atlas Obscura